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“Another positive step”: WestJet to restore 17 sun routes this winter

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  •   08-08-2022  11:22 am
  •   Pax Global Media

“Another positive step”: WestJet to restore 17 sun routes this winter
The restored WestJet flights were suspended for more than two years. (Pax Global Media)
Pax Global Media

WestJet has announced the return of 17 sun routes to its network this winter.

The restored flights, which were suspended for more than two years, bring more options for Canadians and communities across the airline's network.

"The restart of these routes is another positive step in the restoration our network as we solidify WestJet as the reliable, friendly and affordable airline we are known to be," said John Weatherill, WestJet’s executive vice-president and CEO. "We recognize the past three winters have been disruptive to our guests travel plans and we look forward to reconnecting Canadians to some of the warmer destinations they have missed the most."

The airline on Monday (Aug. 8) also announced new six-times weekly regional service between Penticton, B.C., and Vancouver beginning on Feb. 17, 2023 on WestJet Link along with the restart of domestic connectivity between Edmonton and Nanaimo, B.C.

Highlights

Sun and Leisure, Transborder and Transatlantic:

  • Restart of 17 sun and leisure routes suspended since 2019
  • 45 per cent increase to sun and leisure flights from winter 2021
  • 60 per cent increase in transborder flights from winter 2021
  • 25 per cent increase in transatlantic flights from winter 2021

WestJet's investments in sun, transborder and leisure flying are growing across the country with: 

  • A 50 per cent increase in flights from Central/Eastern Canada from winter 2021
  • A 55 per cent increase in flights from Western Canada from winter 2021

Network-wide:

  • 65 per cent increase in flights to/from Winnipeg (YWG) from winter 2021
  • 50 per cent increase in flights to/from Edmonton (YEG) from winter 2021
  • 35 per cent increase in flights to/from Vancouver (YVR) from winter 2021
  • 30 per cent increase in flights to/from Calgary (YYC) from winter 2021
  • 10 per cent increase in flights to/from Toronto (YYZ) from winter 2021

Domestic:

  • New domestic connection between Vancouver and Penticton, B.C., on WestJet Link
  • Restart of Edmonton-Nanaimo route suspended since 2019
  • 25 per cent overall increase in flights network-wide domestically from winter 2021

Transborder Restarts:

Route
Restart Date
Peak Frequency
Operated By
Kelowna – Phoenix
November 16, 2022
1x Weekly
WestJet
Saskatoon – Las Vegas
November 10, 2022
2x Weekly
WestJet
Saskatoon – Orlando*
December 16, 2022
1x Weekly
WestJet
Regina – Las Vegas
November 10, 2022
2x Weekly
WestJet
Regina – Orlando
December 16, 2022
1x Weekly
WestJet
Vancouver – Orlando
November 12, 2022
1x Weekly
WestJet
Winnipeg – Phoenix
October 31, 2022
2x Weekly
WestJet
St. John's – Tampa Bay
March 19, 2023
1x Weekly
WestJet

*Operated on very limited basis in 2021


Carribean, Mexico, Central American Restarts:

Route
Restart Date
Peak Frequency
Operated By
Calgary – Belize City
November 18, 2022
1x Weekly
WestJet
Calgary – Nassau
November 26, 2022
1x weekly
WestJet
Calgary – Varadero
November 5, 2022
1x Weekly
WestJet
Comox – Puerto Vallarta
November 5, 2022
1x Weekly
WestJet
Ottawa – Montego Bay
November 12, 2022
2x Weekly
WestJet
Regina – Cancun*
November 13, 2022
2x Weekly
WestJet
Toronto – Cayo Coco
November 5, 2022
1x Weekly
WestJet
Toronto – Samana
December 17, 2022
1x Weekly
WestJet
Winnipeg – Montego Bay
December 17, 2022
1x Weekly
WestJet

*Operated on very limited basis in 2021


Domestic Routes:

Route
Start Date
Frequency
Operated by
Vancouver – Penticton*
February 17, 2023
6x Weekly
WestJet Link
Edmonton – Nanaimo
October 30, 2022
3x Weekly
WestJet Encore

*new route


The update comes as WestJet makes changes that are part of a strategic focus to concentrate more resources in Western Canada.

Recently, the airline announced that, effective Nov. 15, 2022, service will be suspended in Fredericton, N.B., Sydney, N.S., Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Quebec City, QC.


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